List of public service allowances

Fri, Oct 12, 2012, 01:00

In attempting to establish the monetary value of each of the allowances prioritised for elimination by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, The Irish Times contacted each of the relevant Government departments. The following figures have been gleaned from those communications or from written answers to parliamentary questions:

Allowances to be prioritised for early elimination

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture


Specified Pathogen Free Unit and additional laboratory related duties allowance (Head Laboratory Attendant, Laboratory Allowance)
Shredding allowance (Laboratory Attendants) - €19.85 per week
Storekeeper allowance – pre Jan ’11 €12.60 per week
Commuted travel allowance
Blood Storage equipment allowance
Cross compliance allowance

Milk Agency

Milk Agency – Receptionist

The Department of Agriculture said it could not furnish the monetary value of most of the above allowances because the officials dealing with the matter were unavailable today.

Teagasc

Gaeltacht allowance – €7,263
Accommodation allowance - €1,081
Chef’s allowance - €1,661


ARTS, HERITAGE & GAELTACHT

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Supervisor Higher Duty (Public Affairs Office) - €4,367.20

Supervisor Higher Duty – Six staff members receive this allowance as follows: One receives €1,122; one receives €5,616; and an allowance of approximately €7,000 is paid between four members of staff.

CSO

Passenger card inquiry allowance - €12.62 per week
Bus allowance - €4.40 per day
Travel allowance - €3.15 per journey


CHIEF STATE SOLICITOR'S OFFICE

Assistant Chief State Solicitor - €5,617.16 per annum

DEFENCE

Election gratuity allowance - €201.70
Search and rescue allowance - €85.57 - €89.83 daily rate
Civilian clothing allowance - €1.33 daily rate
Entertainment allowance – Paid to officers for out of pocket expenses incurred overseas
Principal military appointments entertainment allowance – Paid to senior officers entertaining dignitaries and guests
Ration allowance cadets – Allowance in lieu of rations
Underwear and night attire for female personnel - €27.40 per annum
Chaplain’s housekeeper allowance - €1,868 per annum with an extra €842 where an assistant is also required
Travel warrants
Border duty - €96.23 to €111.97 per week



EDUCATION


Education supplemental
Uniform allowance – Caretaker: €483.30; Cleaner: €120
Shoe allowance - €80.50
Clothing allowance - €414 (average)
Clothing and footwear allowance – €806
Stock taking allowance - €868
Telephone allowance - €285
July provision scheme preparatory - €1,401

Fetac

Project office allowance - €4,029
Council minute secretary – no longer paid

Postprimary

Allowance for Principals who act as Secretary to Board of Management - €532 - €1,572 per annum


VECs

Allowance in respect of duties as transport liaison officer – no longer paid
Allowance in respect of duties as Secretary to the Board of Management of an IOT - €3,562

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A dual allowance is “paid for the carrying out of the duties of two posts/additional duties over and above those comprehended by the substantive post”, the Department said.


FOREIGN AFFAIRS and TRADE


Disturbance – Covered by 28 night’s subsistence at the Dublin rate for the officer and 50 per cent for returning dependents to assist in meeting costs of reintegration.


HEALTH


HSE

Island inducement allowance - €1,766 per annum January 2010; €1,589 January 2011
Cardiac allowance - €16.89 per week
Second opinion - €500
Consultants continuing medical education allowance - €3,000


GAELTACHT

Cannot exceed 7.5 per cent of basic salary
Travel allowance for non-nursing personnel €26.32 per week
Coordination and overseeing of undergraduate student therapists during clinical placements €230 per annum


SHANNON DEVELOPMENT

Travel allowance
Special allowance

A spokeswoman for Shannon Development said: "The total of these two allowances represents just over 0.5% of Shannon Development’s total staff costs." Shannon Development’s staff costs for 2011 were €13.8 million.


GARDA

Clerical allowance - €4,781.35 per annum
Clerical/Temp allowance - €4,781.35 per annum
Gaeltacht allowance – 7.5 per cent of salary
Promotion exam grant - €202.47
Transport allowance - €507.30
Change management - €6,239.60
Exam bonus inspector - €665.00
Transport temporary - €507.30
Bicycle allowance - €2.77 per week
Aran Island - €1,463


PRISON SERVICE

Industrial supervisor (kitchen and baker) duty allowance - €5,760 to €6,064
Tuck shop - €2,659 to €2,801
Court escort - €1,488 per escort
Clerk to the prison visiting committee - €11,500
Locking allowance - €3,106
Clerk to the Sentence Review Committee - €771
Clerk to the Security Committee - €554

The abolition of six different clothing allowances would, according to the Prison Service’s business case proposal to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, result in “To be verified – not more than €130,000.”


OPW

The Office of Public Works did not reveal the monetary value of six different committee allowances proposed for abolition.


STATE INDUSTRIALS


Uniform allowance
Senior Foreman allowance
The above allowances refer broadly to various grades across a number of different departments.


STATE LABORATORY

Meat processing (60 per cent post mortem allowance ppc) - €46.74 per week
Meat processing (0.5 of above rate modified) €22.20 per week
The combined annual total for the above allowances is €3,585


TAOISEACH

Clothing allowance - €444 per year

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY

Bus allowance – Three Dublin-based service officers receive €1,760 per annum

Compiled by DAN GRIFFIN